The American newspaper Miami Herald published on Monday the transcript of the last known telephone conversation of the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, before being assassinated on July 7.
“I need your help now! My life is in danger. Come quickly. Come and save my life“Moise desperately asks in conversation with a police officer.” They are shooting near the house (…) Mobilize the people! “, Moise points out in the conversation.
Moise fue shot by a commando of Colombian mercenaries hired by a Miami security company run by a Venezuelan.
A total of 18 former Colombian soldiers and two citizens with Haitian and US nationality have been detained, while it is estimated that there are others. five runaways. Three more Colombians have died.
Moise’s body was found in his bedroom with gunshot wounds to the forehead, chest, hip and abdomen and with his left eye gouged out, a voodoo-related practice, to prevent the murdered person from seeing you from the other world.
The national duel begins
While they wait for a new president, Haitians will begin a series of official ceremonies to honor President Jovenel Moïse, almost two weeks after he was assassinated at his home.
Since before dawn, Moïse’s body will lie in the burning chapel installed in the National Pantheon Museum in the capital, Port-au-Prince, authorities said. The former president was shot several times during the July 7 attack in which his wife was seriously injured.
The events will take place as Prime Minister-designate Ariel Henry prepared to replace the interim, Claude joseph, who assumed the leadership of the country after the assassination with the backing of the police and the army.
It was not immediately clear when Henry will be sworn in, but in an audio recording he promised that he would soon announce the names of the members of a provisional consensus government that will lead the country. until elections are held.
“We will need this union to overcome many challenges that surround us, “said Henry.” Some have watched the latest events with amazement, others rightly wonder about the management of the country.
Henry said he has met with several unidentified actors, as well as members of civil society and the private sector. “I intend to continue and deepen those discussions, because it is the only way to unite the Haitian family” he declared.
Haitian Elections Minister Mathias Pierre told The Associated Press on Monday that Joseph would resign and leave the job to Henry, who had been appointed by Moïse shortly before his assassination but had not yet assumed office.
The political change came after a group of leading international diplomats asked Henry to create “a government by consensus and inclusive”‘in a statement released Saturday that made no reference to Joseph.
The call Core Group It is made up of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States, France and the European Union, as well as representatives of the United Nations and the Organization of American States.
Robert Fatton, an expert on Haitian politics at the University of Virginia, said Joseph’s march it was predictable.
“Joseph’s fate was sealed over the weekend,” he said. “Everything that happens in Haiti has a powerful external component“.
The UN said on Monday that Joseph and Henry made significant progress in the past week to put end the blockade and that it supports a dialogue to find “a minimum of consensus” for the holding of impartial presidential and legislative elections.
The authorities more than 20 suspects have been arrested for his alleged direct relationship with the murder. Most of them are former Colombian soldiers, many of whom were duped, according to officials.